Any accident can be considered serious, especially in the minds of those who have been affected. However, in the eyes of the law, there are some that are more serious than others and can result in the individuals involved suffering significant, life-changing catastrophic injuries.
These types of injuries are the most damaging and have the most potential to cause significant harm over the long-term for individuals. And one of the biggest causes when it comes to catastrophic injuries is various forms of negligence-related motor vehicle accidents and other incidents.
Catastrophic injuries can result from:
Catastrophic injuries can even be caused by police misconduct. Recognizing what these injuries are, how they can occur in various types of accidents, and what those injured can do following the accident is very important to pursuing the legal action necessary against the negligent party.
Motor vehicle accidents are far too common, putting those involved at serious risk of harm. This is because the main types of catastrophic injuries—traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries—are common when you consider high speeds, large vehicles, and negligence.
Motor vehicle accidents can range from cars, large commercial trucks, motorcycles, and more. They may involve two vehicles, bicycles, or pedestrians, and in some cases one side can sustain significantly more harm than the other when they don’t have the same protections.
For instance, if a large commercial truck collides with a smaller passenger vehicle, the odds of the passenger vehicle sustaining more damage is highly likely. The individuals in the smaller vehicle may sustain catastrophic injuries due to the size of the commercial truck, let alone the potential for speed.